The new book, The Deportation Machine, traces the long and troubling history of the US government's systematic efforts to terrorize and expel immigrants over the past 140 years. Professor of History and Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of Illinois and author Adam Goodman examines how federal, state, and local officials have targeted various groups for expulsion.

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On Thursday, the Supreme Court rejected an attempt by the Trump administration to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program. WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock and Joe Donahue discuss the decision with Albany Law School professor and director of the Immigration Law Clinic, Sarah Rogerson. 

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By a 5-4 margin, the Supreme Court has blocked an effort from the Trump administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. The program was created by the Obama administration in 2012, and allows some immigrants who entered the country as children – regardless of the legality of their immigration – to remain in the country without threat of deportation for a renewable two-year period. It also makes them eligible for work permits in the United States. WAMC spoke with Berkshire Immigrant Center Executive Director Michelle Lopez about the program and today’s ruling.

Dr. Alan Chartock's Morning Commentary

Jan 21, 2019
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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock discusses an offer from President Trump to end the government shutdown, and the turnout for Saturday's third annual women's march. He also comments on a tweet by President Trump suggesting that global warming could be "helpful" in light of this past weekend's snowstorm. 

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As the nation continues to debate immigration policy, one restaurant in Troy, New York is hoping to create a safe space for immigrants and refugees.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on President Trump's proclamation that DACA is dead.  Dr. Chartock also discusses the New York state budget.

The Dreamers face an uncertain future.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Massachusetts Congressman Jim McGovern, a Democrat from the second district, wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

DACA Uncertainty Felt In Berkshires

Mar 2, 2018

Fierce national debate about immigration is weighing heavily on some Massachusetts residents as the fate of DACA consumes the lives of those it protects. 

The Dreamers face an uncertain future.

In today’s Congressional Corner, Union College political science professor Brad Hays wraps up his conversation with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

109th district Assemblywoman Pat Fahy
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A month into the legislative session, it’s a busy time for state lawmakers in Albany. Budget hearings continue ahead of the April 1st deadline, and city of Albany leaders are once again request $12.5 million in state aid. 109th district Assembly Democrat Pat Fahy spoke with WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas about three pressing issues.

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Advocates for DACA recipients, DREAMers, rallied in Albany today —  one day after the state Assembly passed "The DREAM Act" for the eighth year in a row.

President Trump addressing a joint session of Congress in February 2017.

President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union address Tuesday night. Some Hudson Valley members of Congress plan to make a statement with their guests. Others have invited family members.

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There's a bright future ahead for Albany County according to County Executive Dan McCoy, who gave his annual State of the County Address last night.

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People brought to the U.S. when they were children, known as Dreamers, have found themselves caught up in the latest political debate in Washington. DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is scheduled to expire in March if lawmakers don’t extend it.

What will happen to the Dreamers?

In today’s Congressional Corner, New York representative Sean Patrick Maloney, a Democrat from the 18th district, speaks with WAMC’s Alan Chartock.

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Nine people were arrested Monday during a pro-DREAMer demonstration at Congressman John Faso’s Kinderhook office. 

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Supporters of the DREAM Act held a national day of action on Wednesday. Advocates rallied in Washington D.C. while other, smaller demonstrations in support of immigrants brought to the United States as children went on in communities across the country. WAMC’s Southern Adirondack Bureau Chief Lucas Willard attended one such gathering in Saratoga Springs.

Blair Horner: Immigrants In America

Sep 11, 2017

The incredible natural calamities occurring around the world have understandably taken away public attention from important policy decisions, such as the Trump Administration’s move to end federal policy protecting the children of undocumented immigrants. 

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Castleton University

Nearly 800,000 people who illegally entered the U.S. as children years ago have been protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, in recent years.  But last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the program would be eliminated in six months and the so-called Dreamers would be subject to deportation. President Trump gave Congress six months to address the issue.  
The move to eliminate the program angered many, including education officials.  Castleton University President David Wolk won’t say how many Dreamers are enrolled at the Vermont college.  And he says it’s stunning that DACA is now a public policy issue.


Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, speaking at a labor day breakfast in western Massachusetts on Friday, denounced President Trump’s moral leadership. The Democrat stressed values she said she shares with union leaders.

DACA grantee Rosa Luna, Albany County Executive Dan McCoy, DACA grantee Diego Cruz
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In response to the Trump administration’s decision to phase out Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, the Albany County Executive is pledging his full support to helping local residents in the program.

Massachusetts U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren is in western Massachusetts today. 

She spoke this morning at the Pioneer Valley Central Labor Council’s annual Labor Day breakfast.  This afternoon, the Democrat is scheduled to tour the Northampton VA Medical Center.   

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke exclusively with Warren following her speech at the breakfast in Chicopee.

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A new poll finds that New Yorkers do not think Confederate statues and memorials should be taken down. And they believe the country is headed in the wrong direction under President Donald Trump.  

DACA Supporters Rally In Kingston

Sep 5, 2017
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While the Trump administration was announcing an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program Tuesday, the New York Immigration Coalition held a rally in front of Republican New York Congressman John Faso’s Kingston office decrying the move. About 100 people turned out, many waving signs, calling on Faso to more strongly back up his stated support for addressing DACA legislatively.

Vermont officials are criticizing the Trump administration's decision to phase out a government program that protects hundreds of thousands of young immigrants who were brought into the United States as children.


The Trump administration today formally announced it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — also called DACA — putting an expiration date on the legal protections granted to roughly 800,000 people known as "DREAMers," who entered the country illegally as children. Here to discuss DACA and immigration is Cianna Freeman-Tolbert of Tully Rinckey PLLC and Sarah Rogerson of Albany Law School. WAMC's Alan Chartock hosts.

A press conference and rally in defense of immigrants got under way at 5 p.m. in New York City. Regional activists are taking part.

A public forum on immigration reform is taking place this evening in Hudson.

Immigration reform advocates want Washington to make sure that millions of families are no longer separated by what they see as unjust policies, that due process is upheld, and that protections are strengthened for all workers.

Democratic Congressman Bill Owens represents New York’s 21st district in the North Country. On WAMC’s Congressional Corner program, Owens said progress on immigration reform looks to be a slow-go.